Ronald Adam Overview:

Character actor, Ronald Adam, was born Ronald George Hinings Adams on Dec 31, 1896 in Bromyard, England. Adam appeared in over 155 film and TV roles. His best known films include The Haunting, The Lavender Hill Mob, Private's Progress, and Green for Danger. His writings include two novels based on his wartime experiences in the RAF (published under the pseudonym "Blake") called Readiness At Dawn and We Rendezvous at Ten, and a book about his theatrical memories called Overture and beginners. Adam died at the age of 82 on Mar 27, 1979 in London, England .


Tall, bushy-browed and with a round, smiley face, Ronald Adam was mostly seen as bureaucrats and administrators; his authority perhaps stemmed from his days as an officer in World War I (he was a prisoner-of-war) and a wing-commander in World War II (wrangling his way in, despite his age). In between, he gave up a career as a chartered accountant to concentrate on the stage. Film character roles became plentiful for him as he neared middle age. Adam was also a prolific writer and the author of several plays.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Son of stage actors Blake Adams and Mona Robin. He was also a playwright, author, and theatrical manager as well as a screen, stage, and television actor.

In 1931 he saved the Embassy Theatre from being converted into a cinema and then produced over a hundred plays there. He then let the Embassy Theatre to visiting companies in order to concentrate on the Phoenix Theatre with the aim of establishing a stock company, thereby allowing a cheaper admission price which would appeal to a wider audience of playgoers. (The Times, December 11, 1937).

RFC/RAF pilot during WWI. Shot down and captured in early 1918 - believed to have been the 78th victim of "The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen).

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